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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles and in nitrocans. Also Nitro Keg on Tap
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007.
Ingredients: Pale ale and crystal malt, chocolate malt, special blend of sugars, Fuggle and Goldings hops, real dark chocolate and chocolate essence.
Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young's award winning rich, full flavoured dark beer to craft a satisfyingly indulgent, but never overly sweet experience.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Chocolate is definately present and better as it warms to the correct temp.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2003
As it's name suggests, this one is brewed with chocolate. You can taste the burnt malt and dark chocolate flavours.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2003
I love watching this beer after pouring it. The way it layers as it seperates into the head and the beer wonderful to see the patterns. The aroma is wonderful and the flavor is great. A slight aftertaste of chocolate. One of my favorite beers

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2004 Dark dark ruby-brown with a lasting, rocky head. Initial aromas are of bitter chocolate and slight coffee roast, fruity later. Flavor is slightly roasty, bitter milk chocolate. A little thinner in body than I expected, but if this held the palate too long, the chocolate might be too much. This is not overly sweet by any means and actually dries out a bit in the finish. Long aftertaste is fantastic. Rich, balanced, and very fulfilling.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2003
Pours deep ruby with not much head. Smells of malt and chocolate. A bit thinner than I expected, and it has a sweet cocoa taste that in my opinion doesn't compliment the malt at all. It's a decent beer, but didn't take the chocolate in the direction I was hoping for.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2003
i wasn't as impressed with this as everyone else. black in color (i didn't see any ruby) with a very nice nose, roasted and chocolate. the taste was too thin for me and and a tad too malty. i'd prefer just a tad more hop. finish was a little sweeter than i expected. i'll have to try it again to make sure this wasn't just a fluke.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
johans (36) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2003
Awesome! The aroma reminded me of really good fresh made coffee. Not bad. Taste and palate is silk smooth and very well balanced. You will find a stout that is stronger and heavier, but few that are more delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2003
hmmm... a very solid rich stout. thick and tasty. great mix of chocolate, malt and hops.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rambis (12) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2003
Ever try a "flavored" beer and wonder where's the flavor? Not a problem here. Highly distinct semi-sweet to dry chocolate taste. Beautiful color with the perfect tan head. Chocolate and beer? Actually works very well here - distinct flavor without being overwhelming. Not an everyday stout for me, but something different to enjoy occasionally from a great brewery.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2003
I love this stout. A beer that even those losers that say "I hate Beer" will enjoy. Pours beautifully into the glass and forms a dark body with an impressive tan head with incredible lacing. Nose is of coffee, cocoa and hints of hops. Flavour is Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate! Finish is slightly bitter and dry. Some go for coffee for a buzz, I prefer this beer.


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